Doctor’s Office Closed? Seattle Children’s Main Hospital Urgent Care Clinic Can Help

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New Seattle Location Provides Option to the Emergency Room for Children Needing After Hours Non-Emergency Medical Attention


Seattle Children’s today announced the opening of a walk-in Seattle Urgent Care Clinic at its main hospital in the Laurelhurst neighborhood. The Clinic provides an alternative care option to the hospital’s Emergency Room (ER) for children needing non-emergency medical attention in the evenings, over the weekends and during the holidays. It is located on the fourth floor of the hospital’s Whale building in an area that is utilized during the day for clinical appointments.

The Seattle Urgent Care Clinic will be staffed by pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners, and will serve as a resource to patients and their families for injuries or illness that require non-emergent medical attention. No appointments or referrals are necessary, and notes from a child's visit will be faxed to his or her primary care provider within 24 hours.

“The Seattle Urgent Care Clinic adds to Children’s other options for emergency and urgent care – an Urgent Care Clinic in Bellevue and an ER at the main hospital,” said Rebecca Partridge, MD, director of Seattle Children’s Urgent Care Clinics. “When the doctor’s office is closed, our Urgent Care Clinics can provide care for a child’s non-emergency illness or injury that can’t wait for routine office assessment.”

Children’s Urgent Care Clinics are not intended for acute or life-threatening emergencies, but are appropriate for minor illnesses and injuries such as sprains, cuts, head injuries without loss of consciousness, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, earaches, and mild asthma attacks. In the event that a child has a more vital medical need, Children’s Urgent Care Clinics’ medical staff will transport the patient to Children’s ER. In the case of the main hospital location, the Children’s ER is within walking distance.

It can be confusing when determining what ailments are best cared for by a visit to an urgent care clinic. To help parents determine whether a visit to Children’s Urgent Care Clinics or the ER is best, please view our video: http://www.seattlechildrens.org/videos/emergency-room-or-urgent-care/.

Hours of operation at the Seattle Urgent Care Clinic will be the same as Children’s Urgent Care Clinic in Bellevue: Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. No appointment or referral is necessary.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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